America was founded on the strength of an idea, not our military might. Our first 'warriors' were pamphleteers. In today's world Larry Goodell looks at our strengths once more...and answers the question, "Is poetry worth writing?"
Once called "The Aristophanes of the Piñon-Juniper Scrubland" performance poet Larry Goodell has lived in Placitas for almost 50 years. He has published many local writers and is author of Firecracker Soup, Out of Secrecy, The Mad New Mexican, and Here on Earth. He is currently helping with the Duende Poetry Series there in Placitas.
Attack them with culture!
Let all the little bacteria of art invade the world,
all the professions of aesthetics profess,
the stewards of theater stand on their words and belt them out
the symphonies of the first degree incarcerate all foreigners’ ears
with America’s lust for sound and beauty
our best is the cream of the crop avant garde minimal
or maximus poetry standing tall & reading from the heart
dance from the New York stages and Los Angeles lofts
entering Afghanistan, Nepal, Paris & North Korea
dancing in Iran and Mozambique, Kazakhistan
the emissaries of creative forces invading with
the drama of imagination painting new avenues of peace
and tingling understanding of the new in America
and our oldest firsts from Whitman to Gershwin
to the jazz heart of this country along the rivers
and deltas and cities & wild blues & jazz
open free speech riding the waves to all corners of the world
to provoke open minds, the tolerance of diversity, peace and love.
larry goodell / village of placitas, new mexico / 24Oct2010
Poetry submissions are welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.